Saturday, May 15, 2021
2021 Virtual Commencement is a celebration of your accomplishments and the many successes to come.
March 30, 2021
Dear Central State Family:
Commencement at Central State University is one of our cherished traditions. This ceremony is the highlight of the academic year and personally my favorite time. The University has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic for approximately 18 months. We hoped that the circumstances would change to allow a safe in-person ceremony. Unfortunately, our university cannot safely hold the 2021 Commencement Ceremony in person this year.
We did not enter into this decision lightly or without counsel from medical experts regarding the global pandemic. We looked for various approaches to hold an in-person ceremony but after careful consideration, it was not practical to hold a safe in-person ceremony. These have been difficult times and unfortunately, we had to make difficult decisions. Our team conducted an assessment based on our COVID-19 pandemic activity in alignment with reviewing standards across the board within and beyond Ohio. In addition, we had to do an assessment on our campus to determine readiness to accommodate a commencement ceremony.
Therefore, our 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, and can be viewed either on Facebook and or YouTube Live @centralstate87. During the virtual ceremony, the University will showcase several members of the 2021 graduating class through featured stories and photographs. The commencement speaker will be Dr. Jack Thomas, the ninth president of Central State University.
To our graduating senior class, the University recognizes your sacrifices and endurance as you have reached your goal of becoming a graduate of Central State University. We also recognize your family for their support, dedication, and prayers throughout your academic journey. We are so proud of you for the perseverance and resilience displayed during your matriculation through Central State University.
For God, For Central, For State!
F. Erik Brooks, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs